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PAPER PULP NECKLACES OR ORNAMENTS (Paper Pulp can be an alternative to clay!)

Put a cup of shredded newspaper into a blender.
Add 2 cups water.
BLEND WELL. Very well.
Strain the mixture so that it is mushy, but still very wet. (Adjust paper and water according to the amount you need.)

Put PULP into cookie cutters as molds. Use a straw to form a hole at the top. When completely dry, remove from form. Paint as desired and add string/yarn/cord/ribbon for necklaces (or oranments).  Idea and images by Shannon Stewart formerly of Stetson School in Phoenix!

To see photographs of Pulp Making and another idea —visit Play Dough Category at the bottom of the page!


CLOTHES PIN PEOPLE

Put out clothes pins and a variety of decorating items! Bits of material, felt, markers, google eyes, yarn, pipe cleaners and ribbon! Add some play dough, clay and tooth picks for creative pets and additions. Let imagination soar!


Two cute ‘Button Ideas’ from familyfun.go

JAZZ UP A WINDOW
A button mosaic becomes a cheery sun catcher when it’s sandwiched between layers of clear Con-Tact paper.

1. To make one, cut out a square of Con-Tact paper, remove its backing, and lay it sticky-side up. (If you like, slide a drawing beneath the square as a guide.)
2. Place buttons on the square to create a shape, leaving at least a 1-inch border on all sides.
3. When you’re done, cover the mosaic with a second Con-Tact paper square.
4. Smooth the edges with a cotton swab and cut out the mosaic, leaving a -inch border on all sides.
5. Stick your creation to a window with glue dots or tape.

BUTTON BOOKMARKS

These are fun and easy for kids to create.

Simply cut lengths of ribbon (these are 12 to 14 inches long, to fit a standard-size hardcover book), then attach buttons to the ends using tacky glue or a glue gun.
Shown here are just a few of the decorating options: sandwiching the ribbon’s ends between two buttons; stacking smaller atop larger buttons; and grouping several small buttons in a pattern.

Visit BOOKMARK CATEGORY for other ideas in making bookmarks…


CRAFT STICK PUZZLE

Take 20 to 30 flat craft sticks and place them side by side.
Work with this number or add two or three rows of 20 to 30 sticks each.
Take masking tape and completely cover one side of the sticks, using several pieces of tape.

Turn it over so that the tape is on the bottom.
Paint or draw a picture on what is now your wooden canvas.
When it dries, take the masking tape off, mix up all the sticks.
Put it back together again!


MAKE A DIORAMA
A diorama is a small model of a real-life scene that includes lifelike details and a
background. The great thing about this project is that the diorama can be anything
children imagine.

Example:
If it’s a baseball diorama, stand the shoebox upright, paint
the lower half of the backside green, the upper half blue, and glue on some cotton balls
for clouds. Use paint to make small dots on either side of the shoe box to represent
the fans in the stands, and place a figure in the middle as the pitcher.


MAKE A PHOTO COASTER
Start with the lid of a margarine or yogurt container and a favorite photo.
Cut the photo to fit the top of the lid and glue it down.
After the glue dries, seal your new coaster with a water-based sealer.
Glue cork to the bottom of the lid to give the coaster a solid base.
IDEA: If you’re making them with your own children or a small group, make a different one for every family member and present them at the next dinner.


MAKE YOUR OWN STICKERS 

You Need:
Unflavored gelatin
Magazine pictures
A bowl
Measuring cups
A paintbrush
Scissors
Waxed paper

  • Cut out interesting pictures from magazines.
  • Next, combine a packet of gelatin with one-half cup of water. Stir to dissolve the gelatin completely.
  • Now, use a paintbrush to apply the gelatin to the back of each picture. Allow the pictures to dry wet side up on a piece of waxed paper.

To use your stickers, just lick the back of each one; and apply. Easy and fun!

Tips:

1. The small box of unflavored gelatin usually contains four packets – enough to make four batches of stickers.
2. For more fun, try turning computer printables or your own artwork into stickers.
3. Stickers made from magazine pages will not be acid-free, and therefore may not be well suited to scrapbook use.

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